Weekend gateways to science tourism

On Holidays, weekends we wonder what to do? How to spend your freetime ? Most of us either sit at home, watch movies or visit  malls for shopping. And at the end of the day we realize we didn’t do anything which can increase ours or our kids knowledge. So here are some places where we should surely visit for enhancing  our scientific knowledge  as well as to relax our minds from the daily hectic schedule.

1) Prince of Wales Museum: Mumbai

It is also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the museum is one of the most popular places to see in Mumbai. Prince of Wales Museum was built in the early 20th century and showcases several collections of ancient artworks, sculptures and artifacts in its galleries. Regular exhibitions and lectures on several topics are held inside here. The museum is done in Indi-Saracenic style of architecture and is bordered by lavish green gardens. There are three different parts of the museums: Natural history section, Archaeology section and Art section where innumerable forms of art and artifacts from India, Tibet, Nepal and other far eastern countries are preserved. There is a section in the museum that includes a collection of reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds and fishes. On the other hand, another section in the museum displays Indian arms and armor, weapons, swords, shields.

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2) Sanjay Gandhi National Park: Mumbai

 Sanjay Gandhi National Park has the distinction of being a wildlife reserve in a metropolitan . The national park is spread over an area of 104 sq km, and is popular among wildlife and nature enthusiasts. It is also the most visited places in Mumbai , and get about two million people annually. The park was earlier known as Borivali National Park and was renamed in 1990. Whereas, the View Point trail is the most ambitious which takes you to the highest point in the park and offers a panoramic view of Mumbai and Tulsi, Vihar and Powai lakes. Barking deer, Hanuman langur and Indian flying fox, birds like jungle owlets, golden orioles among many others can be spotted here.

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3) Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope

 

World’s Largest Radio Telescope is an array of thirty fully steerable parabolic radio telescopes of 45 metre diameter, observing at metre wavelengths. It is operated by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, a part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. At the time it was built, it was the world’s largest interferometric array offering a baseline of up to 25 kilometres (16 mi). Astronomers from all over the world regularly use this telescope to observe many different astronomical objects such as HII regions, galaxies, pulsars, supernovae, and Sun and solar winds.

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4) Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum: Mumbai

 

Earlier called the Victoria and Albert Museum, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum iwas built in 1872 and is one of Mumbai’s oldest museum. One can find a great number of archaeological findings, photographs, maps and relics that are extremely rare and that relate to Mumbai’s glorious history. The museum also displays over 4000 manuscripts and reference books along with several clay models, costumes, beautifully shaped silver and copper. Bronze sculptures, weapons, ivories, fossils, and decorative metal ware can also be found in this rich museum.

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5) Nehru Science Centre: Mumbai

Nehru Science Centre covers various aspects of science and technology that is both interesting and informative. It is an ideal place to take your kids to. A part of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), this centre has more than 500 interactive exhibits that are related to various topics, including sound, energy, mechanics and kinetics. To be precise it is a science park and gallery where one can see different aspects of science. A major highlight of Nehru Science Centre is the three-dimensional science show which is named ‘Monsters of the Deep’. It takes people into an underwater world that seems real and where they can witness mythical monsters. A science odyssey named ‘Grand Canyon Adventure’ is also organised at this centre. This 45-minute film is based on the famous Grand Canyons of Arizona and attempts at spreading awareness about saving freshwater resources of the world.

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6) Taraporewala Aquarium: Mumbai

Taraporewala Aquarium boasts of rich aquatic life. You can enjoy witnessing more than a hundred varieties of sea fish along with seven kinds of coral fish, octopus, shark, sea horse, moray eels, turtles and small starfish. Apart from these, products made using shells and pearls are showcased at the aquarium. Visitors can also visit the room that displays fossils, seashells and fish preserved in bottles.

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7) War Museum: Pune

Situated a little outside the main city limits, the National War Memorial Southern Command, holds a special mention in the list of tourist places near Pune. Located on the Ghorpuri lines along the sleepy suburb of Ghorpadi, this memorial is dedicated to the brave soldiers who laid down their lives while safeguarding the country’s dignity and honour. The memorial warrants a position of respect as it is the only war memorial funded by the citizens to exist in South Asia. Housing various relics of India’s independence; like the MiG 23 BN used in the Kargil war and a model of INS Trishul which was a part of the fleet of India-Portuguese as well as Indo-Pakistan conflict of 1971, are kept on display here. The beautifully landscaped surroundings and other noteworthy aircraft models in the museum will definitely evoke patriotism and respect for the valorous soldiers.

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8 ) Joshi Rail Museum: Pune

A collection of the whims of a collector, Joshi Railway Museum is a place that houses miniature railways of all shapes and sizes, the product of a collection curated by Mr B.S. Joshi; the museum’s aim is not just to attract viewers to visit the museum, but also to create inquisitiveness and interest amongst young and old alike. The pioneer of this place wishes to propagate railway modelling as a hobby, as he believes that is takes into consideration all different branches of science as well as architecture. Located in the busy region of Karve Road, the Railway Museum is operated under the aegis of Soudamini Instruments.

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9)  Botanical garden, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Van Udyan : Nashik

Located in Nashik, The entire forest land lit up in vibrant colours depicting changes in the day and different seasons of the year, holding the audience spellbound. The light and sound show, titled Katha, sent across the message of forest conservation. The garden, spread across the forest department’s 93 hectare land at the foothills of Pandavleni,  it is a recreational and study centre. The enchanting music show included lights on the trees and electronic sounds of birds. At present, the forest nursery houses many herbal plants and wild animals that are rescued are kept here until they are released into the wild.

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10) Dr Kalpana Chawla Science Center, Karad

Dr Kalpana Chawla Science Center was started in the year of 2006 by Dr Sanjay Pujari.Every Sunday, students from 4th standard to graduation students gather for two hours. They learn about various concepts is science and technology in an innovative way. Not only that various other activities like bird watching, sky observation, nature trips to understand flora and fauna, making scientific models, various sessions of eminent scientists are arranged, science quiz, plays, visiting various industries etc. And these are only few things that we do. There are literally n number of activities we conduct in our science center. They do not have any prescribed syllabus, They do not conduct any exam, they like to keep their students tension free. We believe if you want to teach something to a student, teach him the fundamentals of that topic, show the students some experiments from which he or she can actually visualize the concept. Dr Sanjay Pujari has been recently honoured with National Science award for popularization of science among children. www.kcsckarad.com

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11) Science museum near Bandra-Worli sea link

A science museum has been setup near Bandra-Worli sea link. Students from different part of the country every year visit the museum. It help students in their basic concepts of science and technolgy,

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